I was pleased to read today in the June 'Healthy Food Guide' that "A serving of five to 10 olives is a healthy addition to the diet. The phenolic compounds in olives have been studied for their antioxidant properties." We all know that extra virgin olive oil is a 'good oil' it follows that the olives have this goodness in them too.
The magazine does mention that as olives are processed in salt brines there can be around 320 mg of sodium in 5 olives. This made me think, does the salt in olives 'offset' the goodness in them? The answer is NO it does not! As long as you eat a balanced diet.
The recommended daily intake of sodium (mainly found in salt in our diet) is 920- 2300mg. Interestingly 2300mg is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of salt.